Commentary on the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report Means Testing Benefits

October 2011

Commentary on the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report on Means Testing Benefits

 A background note by CPAG for the Public Accounts Committee.

Escalating conditionality

Issue 225 (December 2011)

David Simmons describes the new conditionality regime for benefit claimants provided for in the Welfare Reform Bill 2011.

20,000 children to be pushed into poverty by child benefit cut

March 20, 2012

New research by Child Poverty Action Group, shows that the cliff that will be created by the government’s plans for child benefit will push households with 20,000 children into net incomes comparable to poverty.

The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

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Minimum wage rise below inflation tightens squeeze on families

March 20, 2012

Commenting on the decision by Ministers to adopt the proposals of the Low Pay Commission for a rise in the National Minimum wage below inflation, and a freeze for younger workers, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

“This is another turn of the screw on families working hard in the lowest paid jobs.

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Local figures for children and families losing Working Tax Credit in April

March 20, 2012

In April 2012, around half a million children will suddenly be at risk of being plunged into poverty as the Working Tax Credit hours rule changes for couples.

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Tax credits and flexible working

This factsheet looks at how various types of flexible working arrangements are treated in the tax credits system - particularly when you do or do not count as being in 'qualifying remunerative work'.

Tax credits and penalties

HMRC can impose a financial penalty for certain failures relating to your claim for tax credits. This factsheet sets out when this can happen and what you can do to challenge it.

Tax credit overpayments

This factsheet gives an overview of how overpayments of tax credits can happen, what you can do to challenge them, and how to stop them from happening in the first place.

Tax credits and judicial review

This factsheet explains when when judicial review proceedings can be brought in tax credits cases against decisions made by HMRC.

It contains some information that is relevant UK wide, but some details are specific to Scotland.


Tax credits: challenging decisions

This factsheet explains what you can do if you disagree with a decision that HMRC has made about your entitlement to tax credits.